Civics and citizenship education: promoting the future of Australian democracy?

Democracy is not a once achieved goal - it requires ongoing work by all of us to make sure it works. This includes engagement in both formal politics (often call 'big P' Politics and includes voting) as well as 'small p' politics (the everyday engagement with our communities, neighbourhoods and online involvement such as [...]

Cultures of Resilience

One of the areas I have always found fascinating is the concept of resilience - but with a focus on 'cultures of resilience'. That is, why do some communities mobilise and respond to a crisis while others collapse? What are the cultural elements that allow this to happen? This question of resilience continues to [...]

Forms of Engagement and the Heterogeneous Citizen

This research article focuses on the challenges confronted by contemporary universities when they undertake ‘community engagement’ activities through the lens of an active citizenship workshop we have designed and implemented. Writing with Professor Bob Hodge, we begin by concentrating on the very concept of ‘engagement’, unpicking its ambiguities and returning its complexities to where they [...]